MEET THE GEORGE BARLEY WATER PRIZE'S
The Barley Prize Final Four + runner-up were announced on October 24, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, after having completed the rigorous 90-day Pilot Phase. These final teams will move on to Grand Challenge and take their technologies down to sunny Lake Jesup in Oveido, FL. During the 14-month test period, they will prove their technologies global applicability by operating effectively in both temperate and tropical climates.
GREENWATER SOLUTION, INC.
Green Water Solution, Inc., a private enterprise based in Wellington, Florida, has developed a proprietary technology, BioPhree(c) an environmentally inert system that can remove phosphorus to 10 parts per billion even with very high inputs. The process is scalable, and has been applied in industrial and municipal settings.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - LEETOWN SCIENCE CENTER
The United States Geological Survey, at Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developed a remarkable method for removing phosphorus using mine drainage ochre to develop an iron-oxide filtration bed. Besides turning a waste product from mining into a valuable resource, the method can produce a phosphate fertilizer that is completely useable.
Wetsus, a European Center of Excellence for sustainable water technologies based in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands,
has developed a remarkable technology that uses advanced filtration, flocculation, and high-capacity adsorption on
a special granular iron-oxide material to push effluent phosphorus levels to extremely low levels, while producing calcium phosphate, an inorganic fertilizer as a byproduct.
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO - CLEAN WATER MACHINE
Clean Water Machine from the University of Idaho uses an innovative reactive filtration system that uses biochar (an activated charcoal), an iron-oxide adsorption filter, and ozone to both remove phosphorus to extremely low levels and also produce byproducts that can help food production.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST RUNNER-UP
ZeroPhos of Nanjing University is close to Taihu Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in China. The lake
experiences algal blooms every year, affecting leisure activities and the drinking water supply. While working on another water solution, Professor Yanyang Zhang found that one rare earth element had great potential to treat phosphorus-polluted water. That’s why Yanyang developed a new “Zero Phosphorus” nanocomposite adsorbent using the same rare earth element. This is a unique solution using nanosized hydrated product to attract the phosphorus as the water is run through a fixed bed, polymer matrix. The nanoproduct selectively removes only phosphorus and no other nutrients. The concentrated phosphorus and the nanoparticles can be recovered and reused.
THE GEORGE BARLEY WATER PRIZE
FACTS & BOILER PLATE
Planet Earth faces a global crisis because of excess fertilizer pollution. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorous are creating harmful algal blooms in our lakes, rivers & oceans, resulting in fish kills, wetland destruction, habitat loss and economic impacts. The Everglades Foundation’s George Barley Water Prize offers $10 million to any technology that can cost effectively remove excess phosphorous.
The Everglades Foundation's George Barley Water Prize is presented by The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation, and supported by: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), The Chicago Community Trust, The Knight Foundation, The FieldMuseum, OntarioMinistry of the Environment, the St. Johns River Water Management District and Xylem Inc.
ABOUT THE BARLEY PRIZE
The George Barley Water Prize is a project of The Everglades Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the greater Everglades ecosystem, the drinking water
supply for 8 million Floridians. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the worlds most unique ecosystems.